Everywhere I turn, I see ‘light embroidery’ – digitized designs that intentionally expose the fabric behind the embroidery. This technique is advantageous when heavy stitches will change the drape of the fabric or when a soft look is desired. But you don’t have to settle for subtle – you can add color with fabric markers.
Managing Editor Denise Holguin recently visited with Loralie Harris of Loralie Designs at Sewing and Stitchery Expo, 2011. Loralie shared her new technique of stitching fast and coloring quick. Her Fast Women! Collection (it’s not what you think) is titled ‘fast’ because they stitch in a jiffy. If you know Loralie, you know she’s quite an artist and plain black stitches on white fabric aren’t going to stay that way for long.
Loralie illustrated how easy it is to fill in the embroidered areas with her Art Stamps Copic Sketch markers. Copic Sketch markers have two tips – a sharp and a wide for filling all kinds of spaces. These markers do not bleed so you have total control over the pigment. Loralie includes an instruction sheet for coloring faces, leaves and flowers with the purchase of each Art Stamp kit. You’ll find step-by-step instructions on blending, shading and highlighting.
Denise had so much fun in Loralie’s booth that she purchased a set of the Art Stamps. Once back in Dallas she couldn’t wait to use them. She stitched one of her favorite blocks from the Stipple! Butterfly Collection. She hooped fuchsia fabric and used a beige tone-on-tone applique for the butterfly. Then she went to town adding details with the markers. If you look very closely you’ll see the details of the tone-on-tone fabric through the ink. Denise had a blast doing this and I think we’ll be seeing more of this technique in the future.
I thought I would take this a step further and stitch the same block on plain white fabric – no applique. Take a look at what you can do with just markers on a plain quilt sandwich.
If you’re a Loralie fan, you’ll love this week’s giveaway – an autographed sketch that Loralie made while at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo AND one Fast Women! Light Machine Embroidery Collection. These markers are a more sophisticated approach to coloring than the crayons we grew up with.
Tell us what types of projects would be your first if you were to use them and you could win Loralie’s autographed sketch and Fast Women! Embroidery design collection.
Last week we asked about your favorite machine dealer. We have two winners for a 2011 Internet Embroidery Club Membership from Martha Pullen! They winners are Barbara Yanta and Charlotte Lipe!
Barbara Yanta – “My favorite sewing center is Bernina 245 in Hancock Fabric in Austin, TX. They always welcome me and drop what they are doing to help me find what I need. At Christmas I was embroidering place mats for gifts when my machine told me that the memory was full and would not let me go further. I tried everything and was on a deadline for the next day. I called the center and told them my problem. After trying to “un-freeze” my machine over the phone, they offered their machines in the center to help me finish. How many centers would do that?”
Charlotte Lipe – “My favorite sewing machine store is SEWING MACHINES AND THINGS in Franklin, TN. So many times they have gone the extra mile to solve the problems I have had with my machine. They are always friendly and caring and in the past 10 years have become friends.”